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Glover Bros Ltd

Glover Bros was established in the 1880's by Thomas Glover Waine, one of the sons of William Waine of the House of Waine. This large retail and manufacturing shop, founded in 1848, sold furniture and upholstery, carpets and drapery and everything for the home from premises in Newington Butts, near the Elephant & Castle. Glover Bros was set up as the wholesale arm of the business to supply uholsterers and furniture makers, later moving to the East End, then the home of furniture making.

The company's Pocket Price List, known as the upholsterer's bible, listed some 130 items from Axminster carpets to varnishes, Utrecht Velvets to rubber nosings, all-wool blankets to gimp pins (gimp pins have stayed the course). By 1936, 30,000 of these copyright lists were being distributed to upholsterers every spring and autumn . The brief history we have of the House of Waine paints a delightful picture of Victorian values of exemplary service and honest toil. The policy of the founder was crystallised in TG Waine's definition of a customer:-

A customer is the most important person in our premises - in person or by letter.

Customers are not dependent on us-we are dependent on them.

A customer is not an interruption to our work- he is the purpose of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.

A customer is not an outsider to our business. He is part of it.

The House of Waine celebrated its 100th year in 1948 but the retail shop, bombed during the war, did not continue for long after that. Glover Bros, continued to operate in London until 1981 when its Redchurch Street premises closed and a relative reopened in Devon. In 1985 it transferred to Somerset, Des and Val Fanning took over in 1989 and the company was incorporated in 2001, 102 years after it was first founded. New, purpose built premises next to the West Somerset Railway station at Bishops Lydeard completed the journey from London's East End into the 21st century.

And today

In 2010 the company saw a change at the top due to the retirement of the Fannings after 21 years. The new owners are Charles and Helen Petri who are preparing to take the business forward into the next decade.

We still follow TG Waine's advice about our customers.

And our price list now includes over 2000 items.


Products

Gloverbond aerosol adhesive

Gloverbond aerosol adhesive

Aerosols and adhesives Aerosols Gloverbond aerosol adhesive - heat and water resistant Gloversilc silicone spray Gloverguard fabric protector Glove...

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Foam, fillings and cushions

Foam, fillings and cushions

Upholstery foam We sell a lot of foam – and if you don't know that the foam's density is not the same as its hardness – then read our Foam Facts here,...

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Calico muslin cambric and tickings

Calico muslin cambric and tickings

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Cushion Fillings and Foam

Cushion Fillings and Foam

Glover Bros are suppliers to the upholstery and soft furnishing trades. Established in London in 1899 the company moved to the West Country in 1981. ...

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Accessories for leather and vinyl

Accessories for leather and vinyl

Glover Bros are suppliers to the upholstery and soft furnishing trades. Established in London in 1899 the company moved to the West Country in 1981. ...

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Aerosols and adhesives

Aerosols and adhesives

Glover Bros are suppliers to the upholstery and soft furnishing trades. Established in London in 1899 the company moved to the West Country in 1981. ...

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Agua Classic Collection

Agua Classic Collection

Agua Classic Collection are all able to be purchased from us. Please feel free to contact us on the numbers provided, or visit our website and enquire...

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Aluminium pin beading

Aluminium pin beading

for edging leather furniture & car seats

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Antibes Wemyss Fabrics

Antibes Wemyss Fabrics

Antibes Wemyss Fabrics. Please contact us for more information on this and other products.

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Aros Wemyss Fabrics

Aros Wemyss Fabrics

Aros Wemyss Fabrics are available from us, please visit the website for more information.

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Athena Wemyss Fabrics

Athena Wemyss Fabrics

Athena Wemyss Fabrics are all able to be purchased from us. Please feel free to contact us on the numbers provided, or visit our website and enquire f...

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Aura UV Collection

Aura UV Collection

Aura UV Collection are available from us, please visit the website for more information.

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Avalon Wemyss Fabrics

Avalon Wemyss Fabrics

Avalon Wemyss Fabrics are just one of many products in this range that we can source for you. Please contact us for more information.

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Bambi silent air compressors

Bambi silent air compressors

High performance, ultra low noise and almost no vibration. Air receivers internally coated

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Barrier interliners

Barrier interliners

wool - natural calico type cotton herringbone 137 cm 137 cm 142 cm 48 x 44, 20's ** Flame retardant to BS5852 ignition source 5. For ...

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Black & white webbing

Black & white webbing

Standard jute/cotton/synthetic Cotton weft jute/cotton 51 mm 51 mm

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Black nylon wheel castors

Black nylon wheel castors

heavy duty contract 41 mm 15/8"

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Blackout Curtain Lining

Blackout Curtain Lining

Supersoft English (wash or dry clean) cream white 137 cm Black out lining Imported cream white 137 cm F/R* (dry clean o...

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Blind cord

Blind cord

fine - polyester medium - polypropylene thick - polyester 1.5 mm 2.0 mm 2.8 mm

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Bosch GSG300 electric foam cutter

Bosch GSG300 electric foam cutter

2 reciprocating blades/wheeled base foam cutter alone complete with 200 mm blades and guide

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Boss and spindle

Boss and spindle

All come with spindle except plastic self-cover boss small bead edge, brass large bead edge, brass rope edge, brass rope e...

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Brass brackets for 38mm wood poles

Brass brackets for 38mm wood poles

solid brass polished and lacquered end bracket, centre bracket and recess bracket

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Buckrams for curtain headers and furniture skirts

Buckrams for curtain headers and furniture skirts

double-sided fusible buckram white cotton iron on white cotton sew-in buckram for pinch pleats curtain heading and furniture valances light, medium ...

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Buttoning equipment

Buttoning equipment

Side lever combination press for cutting and covering buttons press only. Available with or without UK30 medium 2 piece die and cutter for inclusiv...

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Buttoning needles

Buttoning needles

23 cm auto-ejector needle & handle, pull cavity needle for button tapes

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Calico

Calico

calico are all able to be purchased from us. Please feel free to contact us on the numbers provided, or visit our website and enquire for more info.

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Calico fabrics

Calico fabrics

calico fabrics are just one of many products in this range that we can source for you. Please contact us for more information.

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Calico tickings

Calico tickings

calico tickings are available from our extensive product catalogue, please contact us if you require more information.

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Cane Chair Components

Cane Chair Components

chair cane 2, 3 & 4 pegging cane 4 mm & 5 mm beading cane no 6

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Cane, seagrass and rush Chair Components

Cane, seagrass and rush Chair Components

Cane chair cane 2, 3 & 4 pegging cane 4 mm & 5 mm beading cane no 6 chair cane Woven cane 46 cm (18"wide) 61 cm (24" wide woven cane Seagra...

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What's New?

What's New?

What's New? Fabric Check out new fabrics on the relevant page of this website. Foam All single sheet prices are down and quantity discount is no...

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Foam

Foam

All single sheet prices are down and quantity discount is now 4" not 6". Ring us to find out more

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Clearance items

Clearance items

We are selling some end of line wooden pole sets. They are in our reception area if you are close by, but ring for more details, if they might be of ...

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Oil-free compressors

Oil-free compressors

Bambi have brought out a new range of oil-free compressors. They operate so quietly that you can stand beside the machine and talk without raising yo...

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Memory foam and latex cushions

Memory foam and latex cushions

Both now available from us. We stock the cushions and buy the memory foam in to order in a number of mattress topper sizes.

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Sunbrella canvas

Sunbrella canvas

Did you know we sell canvas? Well we do: Orchestra awning canvas and Sunbrella Plus boat and cover canvas

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Half hides of leather

Half hides of leather

And this is something you don't often see! We can offer anything from our Maundown and Mendip leather ranges in half as well as whole hides. There's...

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Bambi launch New Oil-free compressors

Bambi launch New Oil-free compressors

Bambi have brought out a new range of oil-free compressors. They operate so quietly that you can stand beside the machine and talk without raising yo...

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Glovers stock wide range of Memory foam and latex cushions

Glovers stock wide range of Memory foam and latex cushions

Both now available from us. We stock the cushions and buy the memory foam in to order in a number of mattress topper sizes.

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Did you know Glovers now stock Sunbrella canvas

Did you know Glovers now stock Sunbrella canvas

Did you know we sell canvas? Well we do: Orchestra awning canvas and Sunbrella Plus boat and cover canvas.

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Half hides of leather

Half hides of leather

And this is something you don't often see! We can offer anything from our Maundown and Mendip leather ranges in half as well as whole hides. There's...

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Glover Bros Ltd

  • Broadgauge Business Park
  • Bishops Lydeard
  • Taunton
  • Somerset
  • TA4 3RU

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